After opening up to the world for trade and investment, Myanmar has gained interest for both private sector investment and development cooperation by several international NGOs, UN agencies, and public development agencies of donor countries. The Myanmar parliament passed a set of Intellectual Property (IP) Laws before May 2019, which included the Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Industrial Design Law and Patent law.
While these four laws have been approved and passed, they will not be in force until their respective implementing regulations are passed. Enforcing Intellectual Property (IP) laws will send a message to international investors as a promising step that will encourage further growth in various sectors such as retail trading, technology and manufacturing sectors of Myanmar.
The MYSIPP provides technical support to priority areas that have been defined by the Myanmar Intellectual Property Office (IPO); which include legal support, support to IP office management, strengthening of IP education and awareness on geographical indications. The project is implemented by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, in close cooperation with the Myanmar Intellectual Property Office.
As a local project administrator, Swisscontact provides support to the MYSIPP with financial administration, contracting, as well as general support with activity implementation, the monitoring of project work and programme related activities.